Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author information: Sheryl A. Whitlock, MA.Ed, MT(ASCP)BB is the owner of ARK Laboratory Consulting, LLC and a part time technical consultant for McKesson. She served as the laboratory coordinator for the Student Health Services Laboratory at the University of Delaware for 15 years. She received her Master’s degree in Education from Arcadia University. She has more than 35 years of experience in laboratory science to include management and education. She has written and published textbooks and laboratory manuals as well as contributed to numerous online and print articles in the field of laboratory medicine.
Reviewer information: Cynthia Clawson, BSMT(ASCP), MBA, HCA received her Masters degree from Wilmington College, in Wilmington Delaware and a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland. She is a Clinical Specialist for Point of Care testing, Quality Assurance, and Regulatory Compliance at the same facility.
Reviewer information: Alexandru Casapu, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, has over 20 years of experience as a medical laboratory scientist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Alexandru holds BS degrees in Biology and Medical Technology from Clark Atlanta University and an MBA from the University of Georgia.
Course Description: The course discusses and describes the processes and criteria for Hematology Instrument Validation and Calibration Verification Protocol for analytical instruments. Hematology instruments are validated at the time of installation. Required and optional protocols for automated cell counter validation testing are included. The calibration verification discussion is not limited to hematology instrumentation which has limited calibration verification requirements. The calibration verification discussion includes a brief reference to the hematology instrument calibration verification and a more extensive discussion of the process and criteria for calibration verification of instruments and methods that are not exempt.